Each year, the You Matter Marathon generates countless special moments of connection and appreciation all over the world. I wanted to share two stories from past marathons with you today.
Janine shares her You Matter cards year-round and experienced this special moment:
“New Year 2020 was tragic here in Australia with all of the bushfires. It gave me a renewed sense of gratitude for my life, my home, my friends, my job. Grateful for simple things like my favorite t-shirt, growing flowers, and my ability to walk pain-free.
Having participated in the You Matter Marathon for a few years now, I continue to share cards all year round. I find it is especially important to connect with others when the world seems in crisis mode. I always have cards in my wallet and as I travel through my day, I try to pay particular attention to strangers. I wonder how their day began—was it with three children getting ready for school, an aged parent, or alone? Are they happy driving the bus today or looking for a new job? I see others through the eyes of shared humanity and when I give a card out, I look people in the eye, smile, and say, ‘This is for you.’
This morning I gave out two cards to the ladies in the gas station, they were so happy and said, ‘That’s fantastic, that made our day.’ It is such a simple gesture to notice people and feel our sameness with everyone. I love taking the time to appreciate others, it makes my day.”
What You Can Do
If you have a memorable You Matter Marathon story that you would like to share, we would love to read it. Please send an email to [email protected].
We hope to see the YMM impact spread even further in 2022. Please share with your friends. If you’ve been moved by the You Matter Marathon – help us continue to spread You Matter magic.
Cheryl Rice, Founder